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Pierre Cardin

PIERRE CARDIN (1922 - 2020)


A true pioneer of futuristic fashion, Pierre Cardin, whose real name is Pietro Cardini, was also a recognized designer, collector and great patron very attached to spotting young artists. Died on December 29 at the age of 98, this son of Italian farmers made his name an empire by becoming as much an emblematic figure of fashion as of the world of the arts. MyStudiolo traces the life of this extraordinary creator with international fame and limitless ambition in :

6 key dates 4 works 3 anecdotes 1 quote

1950 Ambitious, Pierre Cardin founded his own fashion house. At first, he chose to devote his art to making masks and theater costumes. Four years later, his "bubble dresses" triumphed: he revolutionized haute couture with his experimental forms and architectural silhouettes whose motifs were borrowed from Pop Art.

1970 Passionate about design, Pierre Cardin is at the origin of very beautiful collections of furniture which he designs as "utilitarian sculptures". Combining futurism and tradition, this work reveals the creativity of the couturier in this area. His creations with extravagant and organic shapes are works in their own right: they are not placed against the wall but can be admired from all angles.

1971 A patron at heart, he takes over the "Ambassadors' Theater" in the Gabriel avenue in Paris. He created the Espace Pierre Cardin there, open to theater, dance, music, painting and exhibitions. Performed there artists like Marlène Dietrich, Bob Wilson, Gérard Depardieu, or Jeanne Moreau with whom he will have a love affair for four years.

1991 Pierre Cardin becomes the owner of the Palais Bulles a gigantic pop-psychedelic house on the heights of Cannes. Its 1200 m2 are decorated with seventies lacquer furniture signed by his hand and the works of his favorite artists such as Picasso, Lucio Fontana, Serge Manzon or Miguel Berrocal. The murals are signed Patrice Breteau, François Chauvin, Gérard Le Cloarec, Dominique Maraval, Jérôme Tisserand or Daniel You.

1993 Along with his status as a patron of the Fine Arts Academy and passionate about Contemporary Art, Pierre Cardin wishes to encourage new talents. He then created the Pierre Cardin Prize: five annual prizes awarded by the Fine Arts Academy honoring the excellence of the career of young painters, sculptors, architects, engravers and composers, aged under 35. He has always been very attentive to the winners thus rewarded.

2007 With the Evolution Pierre Cardin gallery, he is dedicating a new space to contemporary creation. The first retrospective of the Pierre Cardin awards since their creation is organized there. About thirty laureates were able to exhibit in this atypical place, three of their recent works. Faithful to his action as a patron, Pierre Cardin thus wishes to support, encourage and promote artists.


Exhibition view of Past - Présent - Future at Pierre Cardin Museum, 2014

Wardrobe designed by Pierre Cardin, 1971

The BBL Blue by Jesus-Rafael Soto at Lacoste Castle (property of Pierre Cardin), 2011

View of the Palais Bulles by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag



  • Pierre Cardin had the right to a foray into the French version of the legendary film Back to the Future. In the first part of the saga, it turns out that the character of Marty McFly wears underwear ... Pierre Cardin (instead of Calvin Klein). During his trip in 1955, his (future) mother began to call him Pierre Cardin, thinking that it was his name that was embroidered on his boxer shorts.

  • A true jack-of-all-trades and lover of gastronomy and art, Pierre Cardin became in 1981 the owner of the Maxim's restaurant in Paris. He is personally involved in the renewal of this temple of Art Nouveau in the Belle Époque style. The establishment also hosts the opening dinners of the gallery owner Thaddaeus Ropac.

  • Very marked by the formidable adventure of the conquest of the moon, Pierre Cardin was the first civilian in the world to put on Buzz Aldrin's suit in 1971 in the premises of NASA.


" L’art c’est une passion, un accompagnement de toute une vie."

Pierre Cardin

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